If you’ve been paying attention to the mobile market over the last several months, you know that Apple and Samsung are at each other’s throats over alleged patent infringement. And with lawsuits flying worldwide, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the war between the firms will spill over into next year.
The rumors have been going around for a while now that Apple was working on a new TV that is an actual TV, not the Apple TV set top box we are familiar with. A new rumor is making the rounds today that comes from supposed sources in the major Japanese firm that is involved in making the TV. According to these sources, the Apple TV will come in three screen sizes.
Quite a few Apple HDTV rumors have broken onto the scene today, this time once again arising from renowned Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who took the stage at the IGNITION: Future of Media conference this morning. In fact, according to his predictions, Munster is so certain an Apple TV will be launching in the next year, that he essentially told anyone in the audience who was thinking of purchasing a new TV to standby and wait, because Apple's new TV is going to be, well, in the most Apple-esque sense as possible, amazing. Well, we hope so too.
Following revelations from Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson, long simmering rumors of an Apple "iTV" television set have boiled over with the latest reports claiming it's a matter of "when" and not "if." A new wave of speculation on an upcoming Apple product certainly can't be without concept renderings and that's what we have here from artist Guilherme M. Schasiepen.
Among several interesting revelations, the new biography on the late Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, reveals his plans for a future Apple TV. And by that, we don't mean just another iteration of the current Apple TV set-top box, but a full-fledged Apple-branded television set designed on the same principles of simplicity and ease of use that have made Apple's other products so successful.
iPhone 4S sales should be strong suggests Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who projects that a good portion of sales will come from iPhone 3GS users upgrading to the latest Apple smartphone. He predicts that 18.8 million iPhone 3GS users will upgrade to the iPhone 4S within the next year, which will account for 18 percent of sales.
Analysts and pundits are queuing up to point out the Kindle Fire's shortcomings, and how Amazon's entrant to the tablet market is "not a true iPad competitor." Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster went so far as to estimate Amazon was swallowing fifty bucks loss on each Kindle Fire sold, crossing its fingers that multimedia sales would make up for it, and highlighted the slate's lacking storage, absent cameras and non-existent 3G option. The idea, it seems, is that because Amazon hasn't photocopied Apple's strategy - or, indeed, followed Android tablet manufacturers in trying to compete on specifications alone - and since the Kindle Fire's price is thus less than half that of the iPad, they "target different segments" and the iPad is in the clear. That seems pretty short-sighted.
According to Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, Amazon will likely lose $50 for each Kindle Fire tablet that it sells. Amazon had just announced its much anticipated 7-inch tablet this morning, pricing it at a surprisingly low $199. Munster believes that while the Kindle Fire isn't a true competitor to Apple's iPad it is "more competitive than expected."
Apple sent out invitations this morning for its much anticipated iPhone 5 unveiling event called "Let's talk iPhone," which is scheduled for October 4. Following the announcement, Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, sent out a note to investors revealing that he believed Apple will likely introduce the much rumored voice recognition feature for iOS 5, but that the other long-rumored low-end iPhone 4S will not make an appearance.